By Maria Balinska
If smoked salmon and cream cheese carry just one factor to brain, you could count number your self one of the world's thousands of bagel experts. yet few everyone is conscious of the bagel's provenance, not to mention its adventuresome background. This captivating booklet tells the outstanding tale of the bagel's trip from the tables of seventeenth-century Poland to the freezers of heart the United States at the present time, a narrative of frequently fantastic connections among an inexpensive market-day snack and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American background. learn in foreign data and diverse own interviews discover the bagel's hyperlinks with the defeat of the Turks by means of Polish King Jan Sobieski in 1683, the Yiddish cultural revival of the past due 19th century, and Jewish migration around the Atlantic to the United States. There the tale strikes from the bakeries of recent York's decrease East part to the Bagel Bakers' neighborhood 388 Union of the Nineteen Sixties, and the attentions of the mob. For all its modest measurement, the bagel has controlled to bridge cultural gaps, rescue kings from obscurity, cost the feelings, and problem obtained knowledge. Maria Balinska weaves jointly a wealthy, quirky, and evocative background of East eu Jewry and the unassuming ring-shaped roll the area has taken to its center.
By Jack R. Fischel
This targeted encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, prior and found in track, paintings, nutrients, faith, literature, and extra. Over one hundred fifty entries, written by way of students within the box, spotlight subject matters starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and dad psychology.
Without the profound contributions of yank Jews, the preferred tradition we all know this present day wouldn't exist. the place could tune be with out the track of Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, humor with out Judd Apatow and Jerry Seinfeld, movie with out Steven Spielberg, literature with out Phillip Roth, Broadway with out Rodgers and Hammerstein? those are only some of the artists who broke new floor and altered the face of yank pop culture endlessly. This specified encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, earlier and found in track, artwork, meals, faith, literature, and extra. Over one hundred fifty entries, written via students within the box, spotlight subject matters starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and dad psychology.
Up-to-date insurance and wide recognition to political and social contexts make this encyclopedia is a superb source for prime university and school scholars drawn to the entire variety of Jewish pop culture within the usa. educational and public libraries also will treasure this paintings as an incomparable consultant to our nation's history. Illustrations supplement the textual content all through, and lots of entries cite works for extra examining. the quantity closes with a specific, normal bibliography of print and digital resources to motivate additional learn.
By Wendy Conklin
This source presents classes and actions that deliver 4 far-off cultures vibrantly into the school room and immerse scholars in background. wealthy historical past fabrics aid enticing actions comparable to reading-aloud a quick play in accordance with the epic of Gilgamesh, studying the fundamentals of chinese language calligraphy, making plans an Indus Valley shuttle itinerary, taking part in a board video game renowned in historic Kush, and plenty of extra. to be used with Grades five & Up.
By Michael Barkun
What do alien ship believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in keeping with Michael Barkun during this interesting but demanding e-book, rather a lot. it's popular that a few american citizens are keen about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated problematic tales of hidden plots. what's a long way much less recognized is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately turn into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions comparable to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extreme genealogies and variations of those more and more frequent rules, Barkun indicates how this net of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new kind of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to higher alterations in American tradition. This booklet, written through a number one specialist at the topic, is the main accomplished and authoritative exam of latest American conspiracism up to now.
Barkun discusses a number material--involving inner-earth caves, executive black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New global Order cabals, and lots more and plenty more--that few notice exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestions of those rules in a variety of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and flying saucers guides, to pop culture phenomena akin to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun unearths that the United States is within the throes of an unmatched interval of millennarian task. His ebook underscores the significance of figuring out why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yankee tradition.
By Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet
Utilizing a wealth of up to date Ottoman resources, this publication recreates the social background of Istanbul, an important, cosmopolitan city and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the Sultan and a plush overseas emporium, Istanbul was once additionally a urban of violence shaken on a regular basis by way of usual mess ups and by means of the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent riot. Its population, entertained through imperial festivities and cared for by means of the nice pious foundations which touched each element in their lives, additionally amused themselves within the a number of excitement gardens and the numerous public baths of the town. whereas the e-book is targeted on Istanbul, it offers a vast photograph of Ottoman society, the way it was once based and the way it built and remodeled throughout 4 centuries. As such, the e-book deals an exhilarating substitute to the extra conventional histories of the Ottoman Empire.
An anthology Malcolm Gladwell has known as "riveting and indispensable," The top enterprise Writing is a far-ranging survey of business's dynamic courting with politics, tradition, and lifestyles. This year's choices comprise John Markoff ( New York Times) on strategies in robotic expertise and the decline of the manufacturing facility employee; Evgeny Morozov ( New Republic) at the questionable worth of the preferred TED convention sequence and the belief at the back of it; Paul Kiel ( ProPublica) at the ripple results of the continued foreclosures hindrance; and the notorious op-ed through Greg Smith, released within the New York Times, saying his holiday with Goldman Sachs over its buying and selling practices and corrupt company ethos.
Jessica Pressler ( New York) delves into the private competition among Tory and Christopher Burch, former spouses now competing to dominate the style global. Peter Whoriskey ( Washington Post) exposes the human rate of selling prescribed drugs off-label. Charles Duhigg and David Barboza ( New York Times) examine Apple's unethical hard work practices in China. Max Abelson ( Bloomberg) studies on Wall Street's a laugh response to the diminishing annual bonus. Mina Kimes ( Fortune) recounts the grisly tale of a company's unlawful trying out -- and misuse -- of a scientific gadget for revenue, and Jeff Tietz ( Rolling Stone) composes the most poignant and entire snap shots of the monetary crisis's dissolution of the yankee heart class.
By Jerome Neu
"Sticks and stones may well holiday my bones yet phrases won't ever damage me." This schoolyard rhyme initiatives an invulnerability to verbal insults that sounds stable yet earrings fake. certainly, the necessity for any such verse belies its personal claims. for many people, feeling insulted is a distressing-and distressingly common-experience.
In Sticks and Stones, thinker Jerome Neu probes the character, function, and results of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. what sort of damage is an insult? Is it made up our minds by means of the insulter or the insulted? What does it display in regards to the personality of either events in addition to the nature of society and its conventions? What position does insult play in social and felony lifestyles? while is telling the reality an insult? Neu attracts upon a wealth of examples and anecdotes-as good as a number perspectives from Aristotle and Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and plenty of others-to supply dazzling solutions to those questions. He indicates that what we discover insulting can display a lot approximately our principles of personality, honor, gender, the character of speech acts, and social and felony conventions. He considers how insults, either intentional and unintended, make themselves felt-in play, Freudian slips, insult humor, rituals, blasphemy, libel, slander, and hate speech. And he investigates the insult's outstanding energy, why it will probably so fast destabilize our feel of self and threaten our ethical identification, the very heart of our self-respect and self-esteem.
exciting, funny, and deeply insightful, Sticks and Stones unpacks the interesting dynamics of a phenomenon extra usually painfully skilled than truly understood.
By Yumin Ao
This publication is a examine of the thematic, narrative, and musical constitution of Yuanqu xuan [A collection of Yuan performs] version of the Yuan zaju (variety play) Dou E yuan [Injustice to Dou E] initially composed through the extremely popular playwright Guan Hanqing (fl. 1260). even though different authors have studied those 3 facets of Dou E yuan individually, this can be the 1st complete remedy of the subject as a scholarly monograph in English. Yumin Ao’s research is predicated at the variation of the play within the Yuanqu xuan [A number of Yuan performs] compiled by means of the Ming writer Zang Maoxun (ca. 1550-1620). Ao proposes that Dou E yuan, as a dramatic narrative which develops via its enactment at the level instead of by way of verbal presentation as a narrative, screens its integrative constitution of narration via its thematic improvement and inside its musical conventions.
By Hamid Naficy
Hamid Naficy is without doubt one of the world’s major professionals on Iranian movie, and A Social heritage of Iranian Cinema is his magnum opus. masking the overdue 19th century to the early twenty-first and addressing documentaries, renowned genres, and paintings movies, it explains Iran’s abnormal cinematic construction modes, in addition to the function of cinema and media in shaping modernity and a contemporary nationwide identification in Iran. This finished social historical past unfolds throughout 4 volumes, every one of which are preferred on its own.
Volume 1 depicts and analyzes the early years of Iranian cinema. movie was once brought in Iran in 1900, 3 years after the country’s first advertisement movie exhibitor observed the recent medium in nice Britain. An artisanal cinema backed via the ruling shahs and different elites quickly emerged. The presence of girls, either at the reveal and in motion picture homes, proved arguable till 1925, while Reza Shah Pahlavi dissolved the Qajar dynasty. Ruling until eventually 1941, Reza Shah applied a Westernization application meant to unite, modernize, and secularize his multicultural, multilingual, and multiethnic state. Cinematic representations of a fast-modernizing Iran have been inspired, the veil was once outlawed, and dandies flourished. while, images, motion picture creation, and picture homes have been tightly managed. movie construction finally proved marginal to country formation. merely 4 silent characteristic motion pictures have been produced in Iran; of the 5 Persian-language sound gains proven within the kingdom earlier than 1941, 4 have been made by way of an Iranian expatriate in India.
By Alan Jacobs
In recent times, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm in regards to the dire kingdom of analyzing in the US. americans usually are not examining sufficient, they are saying, or interpreting the appropriate books, within the correct approach. during this e-book, Alan Jacobs argues that, opposite to the doomsayers, analyzing is alive and good in the United States. there are literally thousands of committed readers assisting enormous quantities of huge bookstores and on-line booksellers. Oprah's ebook membership is highly influential, and a contemporary NEA survey unearths an exact uptick within the examining of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions together with his scholars and the readers of his personal books, although, recommend that many readers lack self assurance; they wonder if they're interpreting good, with right concentration and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that analyzing is, at first, strong for you--the highbrow similar of consuming your Brussels sprouts. For such humans, certainly for all readers, Jacobs deals a few easy, robust, and masses wanted recommendation: learn at whim, learn what grants satisfaction, and accomplish that with no disgrace, no matter if it's Stephen King or the King James model of the Bible. not like the extra methodical process of Mortimer Adler's vintage How to learn a ebook (1940), Jacobs deals an insightful, available, and playfully irreverent consultant for aspiring readers. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of one element of drawing close literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the e-book explores every little thing from the discovery of silent examining, interpreting responsively, rereading, and examining on digital units. Invitingly written, with equivalent measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of examining in an Age of Distraction will attract all readers, whether or not they be beginners searching for course or previous fingers looking to recapture the pleasures of analyzing they first skilled as young ones.